Bolt strikes again, this time for gold

Nunavut earns 10 uluit Thursday in one foot high kick, hand games and Inuit wrestling
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Casey Lessard/NNSL photo Whitehorse, YT - 2012 Arctic Winter Games - Arctic sports athlete Ikey Bolt of Kugluktuk holds up the arms of teammate Brandon Qiyuk of Baker Lake and third-place finisher Ahuya Snowball of Nunavik after Bolt won the gold ulu in One Foot High Kick Thursday, March 8.

Nunavut continued to do well in three sports, adding 10 uluit in Arctic sports, Dene games and Inuit wrestling.

Ikey Bolt of Kugluktuk took his second medal, this time gold in one foot high kick with an unmixed height of 8-foot-1-inch, three inches above his personal best. Teammate Brandon Qiyuk also hit the height to earn silver, but did so after four misses.

Their teammate Andrew Bell, 27, of Kugluktuk, set a record Wednesday in his first Arctic Winter Games in his 10.95-metre triple jump. Another update from Wednesday, each wrestler is going home with an individual ulu as well as team uluit.

Junior division wrestlers continued to haul in the hardware in their second and final day of competition, this time in Inuit wrestling. The team brought home two silver and four bronze uluit.

In Dene games, the open mens' and junior girls' teams earned bronze in hand games, a sleight of hand guessing game.

In badminton, Pangnirtung's Jonah Oolayou or Louis Lebel-Wong will face each other in semi-final junior boys' play Friday, meaning one of the two is guaranteed either gold or silver. The loser of the match will play for bronze Saturday. The other semi-finalists are both from Greenland.

Oolayou and Lebel-Wong will play together in semi-final doubles' action Friday, as will Iqaluit's Brittany Masson and Jenny Mosesie, Qikiqtarjuaq's lone athlete at these games. Mosesie will also play in the singles' semi-final.

Friday will see the junior girls' volleyball team compete for bronze against the NWT.

Friday is also the last chance for speed skaters and dog mushers to earn a medal. Skaters Alexia Galloway-Alainga (Iqaluit) and Matthew Cooper, and Rankin Inlet mushers Sidney Nichol and Tyrese Dias were Nunavut's top finishers, placing fourth earlier in the week. 

Adding to the uluit count Thursday were: 

Gold

Arctic Sports One Foot High Kick Junior Male: Ikey Bolt

Silver

Arctic Sports One Foot High Kick Junior Male: Brandon Qiyuk

Wrestling Inuit Wrestling Up to 56 kg Junior Female: Becky Ottokie

Wrestling Inuit Wrestling Up to 57 kg Junior Male: William Nakoolak

Bronze

Dene Games Hand Games Open Male: Nunavut

Dene Games Hand Games Junior Female: Nunavut

Wrestling Inuit Wrestling Up to 52 kg Junior Female: Pee Sheojuk Toonoo

Wrestling Inuit Wrestling Up to 52 kg Junior Male: Sandy Jr Saviakjuk

Wrestling Inuit Wrestling Up to 82 kg Junior Male: David Haulli Jr.

Wrestling Inuit Wrestling Up to 90 kg Junior Male: Levi Enuaraq-Strauss